Caps at Jets

ABOUT THE CAPS

— Heading into Tuesday’s game in St. Paul, Minn., veteran G Braden Holtby had posted pedestrian numbers to open the season. He had a .900 save percentage and a 3.24 goals-against average in 13 appearances.

— RW Tom Wilson had his 20-game suspension reduced to 14 games by a neutral arbitrator Tuesday. Wilson had already served 16 games and the reduction saves him approximately $US379,000 in lost salary. He was expected to rejoin Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov on the club’s top line Tuesday night against the Wild. Kuznetsov led the club with six goals and 20 points in 16 games. Ovechkin has a team-leading 12 goals and 19 points.

— Prior to Tuesday’s action, Washington’s power play (31.5 per cent) was second only to Winnipeg (34 per cent)… The Caps have been dreadful on the penalty kill with a 71.7 per cent mark, good for 29th in the NHL after 16 games. Winnipeg, meanwhile, was 16th at 81 per cent.

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 ABOUT THE CAPS

— Heading into Tuesday’s game in St. Paul, Minn., veteran G Braden Holtby had posted pedestrian numbers to open the season. He had a .900 save percentage and a 3.24 goals-against average in 13 appearances.

— RW Tom Wilson had his 20-game suspension reduced to 14 games by a neutral arbitrator Tuesday. Wilson had already served 16 games and the reduction saves him approximately $US379,000 in lost salary. He was expected to rejoin Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov on the club’s top line Tuesday night against the Wild. Kuznetsov led the club with six goals and 20 points in 16 games. Ovechkin has a team-leading 12 goals and 19 points.

— Prior to Tuesday’s action, Washington’s power play (31.5 per cent) was second only to Winnipeg (34 per cent)… The Caps have been dreadful on the penalty kill with a 71.7 per cent mark, good for 29th in the NHL after 16 games. Winnipeg, meanwhile, was 16th at 81 per cent.

— Injury report: D Brooks Orpik (lower body) is on injured reserve.

WINNIPEG JETS

30 Laurent Brossoit G

37 Connor Hellebuyck G

7 Ben Chiarot D

8 Jacob Trouba D

9 Andrew Copp C

13 Brandon Tanev LW

17 Adam Lowry C

18 Bryan Little C

19 Nic Petan LW

26 Blake Wheeler (C) RW

27 Nikolaj Ehlers LW

28 Jack Roslovic C

29 Patrik Laine RW

33 Dustin Byfuglien D

44 Josh Morrissey D

48 Brendan Lemieux LW

55 Mark Scheifele (A) C

57 Tyler Myers D

70 Joe Morrow D

81 Kyle Connor LW

83 Sami Niku D

85 Mathieu Perreault LW

Head coach: Paul Maurice

Associate coach: Jamie Kompon

Assistant coaches: Charlie Huddy, Todd Wheatcroft

WASHINGTON CAPITALS

1 Phoenix Copley G

70 Braden Holtby G 

2 Matt Niskanen D

6 Michal Kempny D

8 Alex Ovechkin (C) LW

9 Dmitry Orlov D

10 Brett Connolly RW

13 Jakub Vrana LW

18 Chandler Stephenson C

19 Nicklas Backstrom (A) C

20 Lars Eller C

22 Madison Bowey D

23 Dmitrij Jaskin RW

25 Devante Smith-Pelly RW

26 Nic Dowd C

29 Christian Djoos D

34 Jonas Siegenthaler D

43 Tom Wilson RW

55 Aaron Ness D

65 Andre Burakovksy LW

71 Travis Boyd C

74 John Carlson D

77 T.J.Oshie RW

92 Evgeny Kuznetsov C

Head coach: Todd Reirden

Assistant coaches: Scott Arniel, Reid Cashman, Blaine Forsythe